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The quarter of San Martino: photo description (Quartiere di San Martino)

The quarter of San Martino, located in Pisa promenade along the Lungarno Galilei, is a real Paradise for lovers of obligati among the old houses, beautiful gardens and little of the original churches. Here, for example, is the Church of Santo Sepolcro - Romanesque octagonal Church built in the 12th century to house relics from the Holy Sepulchre Church, brought here from Jerusalem. Inside Santo Sepolcro you can see the stone-pit, left over from the ancient hospital, which was once part of the Church. Among the old palaces is to highlight the Palazzo Lanfranchi with his huge arms that belonged to the rich and powerful Pisa family Lanfranci.

Another promenade of a quarter of San Martino is the Lungarno Fibonacci, named after the great Pisa mathematics. It is located on the so-called Fortezza Nuova, also known as the Cittadella Nuova, or the Giardino Scotto, a huge garden inside the historic Fortezza Sangallo, converted into a public Park in the 1930-ies. The name of the Park is the Giardino Scotto comes from the name of the rich family who bought the castle in the late 18th century.

Street via San Martino, full of luxurious palaces. At number 108 is Palazzo Cevoli in which during a visit to a noble family of Cavoli lived Federico IV, king of Denmark and Norway. The Royal visit was not only political, but also a romantic: for 17 years before Federico met a young girl, Maria Maddalena Trent, who was descended from a rich family from Lucca, and fell in love with her. But the king was a Protestant, while Mary was a Catholic, to be married, they could not. She decided to become a nun in a monastery in Florence, and he returned to Denmark. When Federico became king, he decided to return to Tuscany again to see his beloved - that is why he came to Italy. On the building of the Palazzo Cevoli you can see the inscription in Latin, which commemorates the Royal visit, and inside, luxurious frescoes depicting members of the Danish Royal dynasty.

Another notable Palazzo, Tizzoni belonging to the Pisan family of Tizzoni. It stands out for its marble bas-relief with the image of a young girl - the legendary Kinzica dei Sismondi, who in the 11th century the city was saved from the attack of the Turkish army. Another attraction of the Palazzo is the Roman sarcophagus built in 3-4 centuries.